Pearls Kabaddi World Cup 2011 was the second edition of the circle style Kabaddi World Cup played in Punjab, India and overall fourth Kabaddi World Cup. It was played in various cities of the province from 1 to 20 November 2011 with teams from 14 countries.
Fourteen teams competed in tournament consisting of two rounds. In the first round, teams were divided into two pools of seven teams each, and followed round-robin format with each of the team playing all other teams in the pool once. Following the completion of the league matches, teams placed first and second in each pool advanced to a single elimination round consisting of two semifinal games, a third place play-off and a final.
The teams vied for the title as well as the total prize money of 4.11 crore. According to Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab and tournament’s chairman Sukhbir Singh Badal, the prize money of this edition of the event was been doubled to 2 crore for the winning team. The runners-up earned 1 crore, while the team finishing in third place received 51 lakhs. In addition, the deputy Chief Minister said each participating team would get 10 lakhs. The best raider and stopper of the tournament were awarded with Preet Tractors.
The event got off to an elaborate start on the evening of 1 November at Sports Stadium, Bathinda with performances by Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, Sukhwinder Singh and other Punjabi artists, as well as a laser and fireworks show.
The closing ceremony of the Kabaddi World Cup was held at Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana on 20 November.
On this occasion Pakistan's former prime minister Chaudhary Sujaat Hussain, former information and sports minister Chaudhary Nisar Hussain, Pakistan Punjab's former education minister Mian Imran Masood, acting ambassador of Germany Ford Millard, Indian Punjab's chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, deputy chief minister and state's sports minister, Sukhbir Singh Badal, Punjab cabinet minister Tikshan Sud along with his several cabinet colleagues, were also present.
National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) was responsible for ensuring that second World Cup Kabaddi tournament is dope free. It was mandatory that in each match four players, two each from both playing teams go for dope test and the players were selected on the spot and he/she could be tested again.
On 12 November 2011, the number of players tested positive for drugs touched 25 from over 100 samples.
Teams from Australia (6), UK (5), US (4), Canada (4), Spain (4), Italy (3), Norway (2) Germany (1), Argentina (1), India (1) lost players on account of doping. Pakistan, Sri-Lanka, Afghanistan and Nepal remained dope-free. The tournament was plunged into a new controversy when four members of the US team refused to give samples to the National Anti-Doping Agency officials for dope tests at Hoshiarpur. Taking a serious note of the refusal by the players, the technical committee of World Cup kabaddi held a meeting and decided to impose ban on the US team for rest of the matches.
The US team players claimed that they believed it was a well thought-out plan to target their team in doping tests as the organisers were keen on an India-Pakistan final clash.